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them? What sort of nest does the humming-bird forin: How many eggs does it generally contain? How do they feed their young? What is the size of the legs and bill of these creatures ? Can you describe the head of this bird ? What like is the breast ?


The disposition of the stork is mild, neither shy nor savage : it is an animal easily tamed ; and may be trained to reside in gardens, which it will clear of insects and reptiles. It has a grave air, and a mournful vis'age: yet, when roused by example, it shows a certain degree of gaiety, and will sometimes join in the frolics of children, by hopping and playing with them.

“I saw in a garden, (says Dr Hermann,) where the children were playing at hide-and-seek, a tame stork join the party, run its turn when touched ; and distinguish the child, whose turn it was to pursue the rest, so well, as, along with the others, to be on its guard.”

To this bird the ancients ascribed many of the moral virtues ; as temperance, conjugal fidelity, and filial and paternal piety. The manners of the stork are such as were likely to attract particular attention from them. It bestows much time and care on the education of its young, and does not leave them till they have strength sufficient both for defence and support. When they begin to flutter out of the nest, the mother bears them on her wings; she protects them from danger, and will sometimes perish rather than forsake them.

A celebrated story is current in Holland ; that when the city of Delft was on fire, a female stork in vain attempted several times to carry off her young ones; and finding that she was unable to effect their escape, even suffered herself to be burned with them!

The following anecdote affords a singular instance of sagacity in this bird : A wild stork was brought by a farmer, in the neighbourhood of Hamburgli, into his poultry-yard, to be the companion of a tame one he had long kept there ; but the tame stork disliking a rival, fell upon the poor stranger, and beat him so unmercifully, that he was compelled to take wing, and with some difficulty escaped. About four months, afterwards, however, he returned to the poultry-yard, recovered of his wounds, and, attended by three other storks, who no sooner alighted, than they altogether fell upon the tame stork and killed him.

QUESTIONS. What is the disposition of the stork? Of what does this bird clear gardens ? What did Dr Hermann şee a stork do in a garden? What do many of the ancients ascribe to this bird? On what does the stork bestow much time and care? What story respecting a stork is current in Holland ? Where was a wild stork taken by a farmer near Hamburgh? How did the tame stork act ? What then became of the wild one ? What happened about four months after ?


By cool Sil-o'am's shady rill

How sweet the lily grows !
How sweet the breath beneath the hill

Of Sharon's dewy rose !

Lo, such the child, whose early feet

The paths of peace have trod;
Whose secret heart, with influence sweet,

Is upward drawn to God !

By cool Siloam's shady rill

The lily must decay;
The rose that blooms beneath the hill,
Must shortly fade away.

And soon, too soon, the wintry hour

Of man's maturer age,
Will shake the soul with sorrow's power,

And stormy passion's rage.

O Thou, whosc infant feet were found

Within thy Father's shrine ! Whose years, with changeless virtue crown'd,

Were all alike Divine !

Dependent on thy bounteous breath,

We seek thy grace alone,
In childhood, manhood, age, and death,

To keep us still thine own!

THE PRICE OF PLEASURE. “ I think I will take a ride,”-said the little Lord Linger-after breakfast « Bring me my boots, and let my horse be brought to the door.” · The horse was saddled ; and his lordship’s spurs were putting on.

“ No”-said he—" I'll have my low chair and the ponies, and take a drive round the park.”

The horse was led back, and the ponies were almost harnessed, when his lordship sent his valet to countermand them. He would walk into the corn field, and see how the new pointer hunted.

After all ”-says he~"I think I will stay at home, and play a game or two at billiards.” .

He played half a game, but could not make a stroke to please himself. His tutor, who was pres'ent, now thought it a good opportunity to ask his lordship if he would read a little.

“ Why-I think I will—for I am tired of doing nothing. What shall we have ?”

“Your lordship left off last time in one of the finest passages of the Æneid. Suppose we finish it.”

“ Well-ay; but-no—I had rather go on with Hume's history. Or-suppose we do some geo

graphy ?”

“ With all my heart. The globes are upon the study table.”

They went to the study; and the little lord, leaning upon his elbows, looked at the globe-thep

twirled it round two or three times and then listened patiently, while the tutor explained some of its parts and uses. But whilst he was in the midst of a problem—“ Come”_said his lordship “ now for a little Virgil.”

The book was brought; and the pupil, with a good deal of help, got through twenty lines.

“Well,”—said he, ringing the bell -" I think we have done a good deal. Tom! bring my bow and arrows.”

The fine London made bow, in its green case, and the quiver, with all its appurtenances, were brought, and his lordship went down to the place where the shooting buts were erected. He aimed a few shafts at the target, but not coming near it, he shot all the remainder at random, and then ordered out his horse.

He sauntered, with a servant at his heels, for a mile or two through the lanes, and came, just as the clock struck twelve, to a village green, close by which a school was kept. A door flew open, and out burst. a shoal of boys, who, spreading over the green, with immoderate vociferation, instantly began a variety of sports. Some fell to marbles — some to trap-ball—some to leap-frog. In short, not one of the whole crew but was eagerly employed. Every thing was noise, motion, and pleasure. Lord Linger, riding slowly up, espied one of his ten’ant's sons, who had been formerly ad

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